MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 23

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Players of the Weekend


Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks
vs. Colorado Rockies
7 IP, 9 K, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB

Brandon Webb may be known as the ace of the Diamondbacks staff, but in reality, the distinction should land squarely upon the shoulders of Dan Haren.

This kid is absolutely filthy, averaging a shade over six strikeouts per game, a 1.38 ERA and a microscopic 0.88 WHIP. The only thing that would dissuade you from my claim about his ace status is the 1-3 record he's sporting in this young season.

But look closer and you'll see that it's a lack of run support that's doing Haren in. In his 19 innings pitched, Haren has given up a grand total of 4 ER. In that same time span, the Diamondbacks have scored a total of ONE RUN.


Hunter Pence, Houston Astros
vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB

Last night Pence showed off the full range of attributes that make him such an attractive option in the outfield.

Going deep one inning, hitting a double the next and stealing his third base of the season are the kinds of things only so many players can do for your squad.

More to come after the jump...

Last Night's Top Performers

Rod Barajas, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Texas Rangers
2-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Michael Young, Texas Rangers
vs. Toronto Blue Jays
3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants
vs. San Diego Padres
7 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB, 6 H

Chris Young, San Diego Padres
vs. San Francisco Giants
7 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 4 BB, 4 H

Bust of the Night

Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins
vs. Boston Red Sox
4.2 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 2 K

The Twins suffered through their own version of the Boston Massacre last night, with Baker leading the charge. The Red Sox knocked him all over the park, hitting 3 HR and forcing him to throw 91 pitches in only 4.2 innings of work.

Baker was pinned with high hopes heading into 2009, but it may be time to rethink those expectations. With back to back starts in which he gave up six earned runs without making it past the fifth inning, Baker is struggling mightily and hurting you more than helping you.

Daily Leaders - 4/19


5 - Kendry Morales, Angels
4 - Barajas, Jays
3 - Josh Fields, White Sox
3 - Mike Lowell, Red Sox
3 - Melky Cabrera, Yankees
3 - Evan Longoria, Rays
3 - Nick Green, Red Sox
3 - Jeff Bailey, Red Sox
3 - Kurt Suzuki, A's
3 - Jose Lopez, Mariners

Pitching - K's

9 - Haren, D-Backs
6 - Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies
6 - Randy Wolf, Dodgers
6 - David Purcey, Jays
6 - Roy Oswalt, Astros
6 - Francisco Liriano, Twins

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